Feb 12, 2013 11:00pm PST
that replaces reckless cuts with smart savings and wise investments >> reporter: on foreign policy, the president announced a major troop withdrawal from afghansitan -- 34,000 by this time next year. on immigration reform, he pushed for a path to citizenship for the 11 million illigal immigrants currently in the u.s. >> "each of these proposals deserves a vote in congress." >> reporter: and on gun control - he made it clear he wants action. >> "the families of oak creek, and tucson, and blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence - they deserve a simple vote." >> reporter: following the president's speech, it was the republicans' turn. florida senator marco rubio delivered his party's message. >> "as you heard tonight, his solution to virtually every problem we face is for washington to tax more, borrow more and spend more." >> reporter: president obama said that none of the ideas proposed in his speech would increase the deficit by what he called a single dime. republicans were quick to point out that none of the ideas carried a price tag, just yet.
Feb 13, 2013 5:00pm PST
on topics including the economy, immigration, and foreign policy. but another big focus -- gun violence. and some of the faces in the crowd reflected that fact. the union addresses. the of congress. but seated in the hall. prominent guests who are victims of gun violence. obama. the parents of slain >> "just three weeks ago, she was here, in washington, with her classmates, performing for her country at my inauguration. and a week later, she was shot and killed in a chicago park after school." >>catherine: the president also talked about the tragic shootings in newtown, connecticut. >> "it has been two months since newtown. i know this is not the first time this country has debated how to reduce gun violence, but this time is different." >>catherine: it was after these shootings that the president proposed toughening gun laws. >> "these proposals deserve a vote. because in the two months since newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun." >>catherine: president obama made an emotional appeal to congress.
Feb 13, 2013 7:00am PST
and increase on and this is on his foreign- policy legacy. the home medicare proposal came out of left field. for the democratic caucus changing the rules of medicare has been a third rail in terms of their constituency, labor, seniors or what have you. you are potentially taking what was a program for everyone and turning it into a test. >> that is going to be a big problem for the president with the caucus. the question is what he is doing he is linking it as trade bait to tax reform. he is basically saying he wants all these things refunded, universal preschool. manufacturing job hopeubs . the only way we will get money is that we trade with republicans for something. i will put medicare on the table. >> the big debate was gun- control. the listen. gabrielle gifford deserves a vote. (cheers & applause) the families of new town deserve a vote. >> the families of borah deserve a vote. the families of tucson and blacks were in the cow was of the communities affected by gun violence and deserve a simple vote. >> (cheers & applause) even if you're going to vote no at least a vote. that has bee